Friday, November 16, 2018

Goalie Announcements (Nov 16)

Another work week in the books and now it's time for some weekend hockey to commence!  Six games, starting a little bit later than usual, a 6pm MT puck drop to start the night, kicking off our weekend in style.

The hockey pool races are heating up, as is the blog, if you have been missing out.  Plenty of goalie news, which has trickled down to some of these match-ups tonight, so make sure you're up-to-date or else some of these goalie match-ups might look a little funny.

Tuukka Rask (Jesse) versus Ben Bishop (Clayton)
Clayton's team enters play tonight as the outright leader for the Mover & Shaker of Week Seven, as his team sits with 20 points through Thursday night and in Dallas tonight, he'll have the home keeper going for his side to keep up the momentum.  Jesse's team isn't having a bad week, 13 points so far, getting the first of two starts tonight from the Boston Bruins.  Should be a pretty good game there in the Big D.

Carter Hutton (Wes) versus Laurent Brossoit (N/A)
The Buffalo Sabres are running pretty hot at the moment and they look to keep their own momentum going in Winnipeg tonight, as they send Carter Hutton back out to the crease to take on the Jets.  Wes' team isn't running quite as hot, but on the plus side, it has already qualified for Week Eight in the survivor game, which doesn't really mean anything, but it's something for these blog posts.

Cal Petersen (N/A) versus Corey Crawford (Benson)
The good ship Benson continues to sink in the standings, but will look to try and start bailing out the water with another start from Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.  They welcome the limping Los Angeles Kings to their barn, who are having all kinds of goalie problems of their own, now going to dress their 3rd-string keeper, thanks to injury and illness.

Pheonix Copley (N/A) versus Philipp Grubauer (Jesse)
Jesse's second start of the night comes in Colorado, as Philipp Grubauer will get a start against his former club, the Washington Capitals, who are also without their number one goalie, due to injury as well.  If your pool team is in need of a new goalie, you might want to be watching these teams who are auditioning their 2nd or 3rd-string goalies here for you, there could be a good find out there somewhere, if the injuries are long-term enough.

Jake Allen (Steve) versus Marc-Andre Fleury (Troy)
A full-on hockey pool match-up in Vegas tonight, as Steve and Troy will see their goalies go head-to-head, when the Blues visit the Golden Knights.  Steve's team was floating around the top 10 there for a while, but a tough week this week has seen his team drop to 10th place and has the risk of falling further, if he can't get those key wins.  Troy, on the other hand, is in a firm battle for top spot in the standings and a win would be enough to vault his team back to the pinnacle for another night.  Plenty at stake in the pool from this game.

Garret Sparks (Grant) versus John Gibson (Kristy & Don)
Finally, the Anaheim Ducks continue their anniversary celebrations with the Toronto Maple Leafs in town and they'll don some of their black alternates from a few years back in warm-ups, likely before wearing their alternates for the occasion.  Grant starts the night 8 points behind the duo before this goalie match-up goes, a pretty good battle in the top 10 tonight in Anaheim, which could make things more interesting in a hurry.

A Trade of Two Ryans

2019 Season July 1st, 2018
To Edmonton POS Age GP Goals Points Years Cap Hit
Ryan Spooner F 26 16 1 2 2 $3.1 mil
To New York POS Age GP Goals Points Years Cap Hit
Ryan Strome F 25 18 1 2 2 $3.1 mil
Retained Salary $900k

It's a tale of two Ryans that are running eerily similar paths in this 2019 season, so much so, they have been dealt for one another on Friday, trying to revive some very poor starts to their seasons.

The Oilers acquired Ryan Spooner from the Rangers, who has been a healthy scratch a few times and as recently has last night, while going to the Big Apple is Ryan Strome, who also couldn't find the right footing in Edmonton in the last year and a bit.  Both players have a goal and an assist this season, the Rangers held some of Spooner's existing salary on a deal he signed in the summer, so the cap hits don't change for either team and both teams will hope for the best in giving these guys a new start.

Yes, both players were taken in the hockey pool draft, Spooner taken in the 12th round, 285th overall, by Kristy & Don, while Strome was taken in the 13th round, 301st overall, by Tony, well within one round of each other, but the season-to-date for the pool teams hasn't been nearly as eerily similar, as the duo are up in 4th place, while Tony's team struggles in 18th. 

For both teams, this is the chance to get a change in fortunes, almost like a Waiver Draft pick, activated two and a half weeks early.

Elliott Out Two Weeks

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they recalled goaltender Alex Lyon from the AHL again on Friday, as the announcement of Brian Elliott and another lower-body injury will keep him out of the lineup for about two weeks.

The curse of the Philadelphia goal crease appears to be a real thing now.

Elliott has already missed a game this season to a lower-body injury and now will be on the shelf for at least another couple of weeks, which should cost him about five or six more games, which are spread out to the point that they all could have been starts.

In 14 appearances already this season, the veteran keeper has 6 wins and 15 points, which is good enough for 96th overall in hockey pool scoring, 12th among all goalies.  It's a pretty good start to the season, considering where he is compared to the rest of the goalies, but injuries are wreaking havoc for the Flyers, who will now lean on Calvin Pickard for a while now.

This is a tough break for Jeremy's team, which sits 13th in the pool standings at the start of play on Friday, 21 points back of 3rd place.  Elliott was his 3rd round pick, which meant some big expectations, not all of which were being realized as of yet.

Preds' Subban on the Shelf

The injury problems continue to mount for the Nashville Predators, as P.K. Subban was placed on the Injured Reserve on Thursday, hours before they were to take to the ice to take on the Arizona Coyotes, filling his spot with Dan Hamhuis, who came off the IR, healthy from his undisclosed injury.

Subban was reportedly hurt on Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks, suffering an upper-body injury after logging just over seven minutes of ice-time in the game and not returning to it later.  The Predators would not reveal any more details on the injury, but placing him on the IR means that he will miss out on Saturday and Monday's contests, as well as missing last night.

The veteran defenseman has been pretty good for the Predators, so far this season, picking up 2 goals and 12 points in 18 games, ranking him 153rd overall in pool scoring, 18th among all defensemen. 

This is now the third body on the injury list for Neil and his hockey pool team, which got off to such a rocking start this season, but has seen more than his fair share of injuries in the past couple of weeks.  Still though, his team has stuck it out, still ranking 6th in the standings, 7 points out of 3rd place, but now two of his Nashville players are on the shelf, Subban we're not quite sure for how long exactly, so this could eventually cost him, if he is on for an extended period of time.

Morning Player Notes (Nov 16)

Not only was it Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin taking the brunt of the flu bug in the Columbus room, you can also chalk up forward Riley Nash to that list as well, as he joined the two stars in the infirmary with the flu on Thursday night. All three players are considered to be day-to-day right now, nothing too serious.

With the addition of Nash to the list, that meant Benson missed out on a skater game on Thursday night.  Benson picked up Nash in the preseason Waiver Draft, when Filip Zadina was sent down by the Red Wings before the season started.  Unfortunately, he hasn't been as good as advertised in Columbus, with only 2 assists in 18 games.

The flu bug was also taking a bite out of the Minnesota Wild, forcing Zach Parise out of the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Canucks.  The Wild didn't really need Parise, as they handled their guests with relative ease, defeating them, 6-2, but Parise isn't expected to be out of the lineup for very long, given that it is just a bout of the flu.

I'm sure Dale C. would have preferred to have Parise in the lineup for six Wild goals on the night, it could have meant some points and/or more goals in a rout.  Dale could use those points, down in 23rd, through Thursday night's action.

The New York Rangers welcomed back Mats Zuccarello to their lineup after he missed three games with a lower-body injury, believed to be of the groin variety.  With one player coming back in, that meant that one had to come out and that was again Ryan Spooner, heading upstairs to the press box to be a healthy scratch.  Spooner has yet to recreate that early magic he had with the club, after he was traded from Boston at the deadline last year.  In 16 games played, the forward has 1 goal and 2 points.

Kristy & Don are sure ruing the fact that he hasn't scored more, sitting in 4th place, 3 points out of 3rd place and where they could be, if Spooner was just a little bit better.

Whatever lower-body injury is ailing Tomas Hertl of the Sharks has flared up again this week and he was kept out of Thursday night's game against Toronto because of it.  Hertl is considered to be day-to-day, but I would begin to think that if this is a recurring injury, that the Sharks would be taking a little bit more care and caution to it, which may force him to miss a little bit more time.

Brian might not be able to afford too much time on the shelf, but getting one of this top forwards back to 100% may be more ideal, no matter how he gets there.  Hertl has 5 goals and 16 points in 16 games this year, helping Brian's team up to 5th place in the standings, 6 points back of 3rd place.  Hurry up and wait, I guess!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Goalie Announcements (Nov 15)

Busy night on this Thursday and I've had just enough time to go over each game with a very broad-toothed comb to give you the low down of the starters.  There are certainly some interesting games in the bunch, with nine games on the schedule.

There is also a few games where those snazzy new alternate jerseys are expected to hit the ice again and you'll notice which games those are with the even snappier looking logos down below.  I'm sure that really matters to the lot of you!  Ha!

Henrik Lundqvist (Scott) versus Thomas Greiss (Stuart)
It's a crosstown rivalry game in New York, the Rangers are in to take on the Islanders in Brooklyn and both teams are throwing out the big keepers.  Scott is looking to his goalie to help close the massive gap between his team and Stuart's team, which took over 1st place again this week.  The gap between the two teams now sits at 58 points, between 1st and 25th.  That's a big gap to close, but there are two Waiver Drafts still to do.

Keith Kinkaid (Neil) versus Brian Elliott (Jeremy)
I think you can consider both Neil and Jeremy in the Mover & Shaker race, as the top spot, occupied by a couple of teams, have 13 points and both teams having starters in the New Jersey/Philadelphia game each have 9 points, so a shutout from one of these keepers could get them into good shape for the big weekly race.

Louis Domingue (N/A) versus Matt Murray (Wilton)
One of the teams that have a share of the Mover & Shaker lead going into tonight's action belongs to Wilton and he has the only pool goalie going in Pittsburgh tonight.  Matt Murray will get to wear the Penguins' new alternate jersey tonight and he'll get a Lightning team that is reeling a bit, losing their number one goalie to a broken foot.  This bodes well for Wilton and the Mover & Shaker race.

Roberto Luongo (John P.) versus Joonas Korpisalo (Clayton)
Two more teams in the hunt for the Mover & Shaker race this week in John and Clayton, getting starts in Columbus tonight, when the Panthers take on the Blue Jackets.  John's team sits at 11 points and Clayton's team is at 9 points, both within a good goalie result from joining the leaders.  The Jackets might be on the sluggish side, if the flu bug is running wild through their room, so this could be a big advantage to the Panthers.

Jimmy Howard (Tony) versus Craig Anderson (Mike)
In the weekly scoring race, this is another one of those big games, as Mike currently holds one of the spots and has the home team goalie, while Tony is 2 points back and has the away team goalie, when the Red Wings go to visit the Senators tonight.  It's certainly one of those swing games in the weekly standings and those are the best kind of games!

Richard Bachman (N/A) versus Devan Dubnyk (Wes)
Wes has one of the three teams that have already qualified for the goalie survivor pool in Week Eight, so he's just worried about points tonight when Devan Dubnyk takes on the Canucks in Minnesota.  Wes' team hasn't had the best of starts this week, only 6 points at the start of play tonight, but his team still sits 9th, 10 points back of 3rd place.

Carey Price (Stacey M.) versus Mike Smith (Brian)
Both the Canadiens and the Flames are looking to bounce back from losses the other night when they face off against each other at the Saddledome.  This is a big game in the overall standings, as Brian's team only trails Stacey's team by 4 points and Stacey has a team in the money, up in 3rd place.  Stacey could also use the win to qualify for Week Eight in the survivor pool, so there's lots at stake in Calgary tonight.

Pekka Rinne (John P.) versus Darcy Kuemper (Stuart)
A couple of teams looking at their second starts of the night in Arizona, as John is assuming he'll get the start from Rinne and the Predators, since it hasn't been completely confirmed yet, but Stuart knows he's getting the start out of Kuemper and the Coyotes.  John's team is 12 points behind Stuart's side and could really use a couple points from a road win tonight to try and catch-up a little bit.

Frederik Andersen (Derek B.) versus Martin Jones (Brenda & Seward)
Finally, the Toronto Maple Leafs are diving into the tank in San Jose to take on the Sharks and it's a couple of pool basement teams seeing their goalies in net tonight.  Derek's team sits 23rd and the duo has their team in 24th, separated by 4 points, which is the exact same total that Derek has this week.  Neither of these pool teams have seen much luck this year, so either/or team will be sure glad to see those points, however they fall.